August 27, 2019
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a webinar providing an overview of the new Kidney Care First (KCF) and the Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting (CKCC) Models on August 15th. Webinar slides are available for download here.
According to CMS, current Medicare payment rates encourage hemodialysis in facilities as the default treatment for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). These new models are designed to incentivize better management of kidney disease. Both models build upon the existing structure of the Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care model by adding in additional financial incentives for clinicians to better manage care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic kidney disease. The intent is to achieve savings and increase the quality of care with a focus on prevention of disease progression, delaying the need for dialysis, and encouraging kidney transplantation. CMS says the new models will run from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023.
More information about the voluntary kidney models can be found here.